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Harris v. Rainey

Harris v. Rainey (orig. Harris v. McDonnell) is a federal challenge to Virginia’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, filed Aug. 1, 2013, in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg, Va., by the ACLU of Virginia and Lambda Legal. The plaintiffs are two same-sex couples: Joanne Harris and Jessi Duff of Staunton, Va., and Christy Berghoff and Victoria Kidd of Winchester, Va. [ Case files. ]

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Fight over same-sex marriage echoes decades-old battle of Loving v. Virginia

Sunday, April 6, 2014
AP (File)In 1958, two Virginia residents, Mildred Loving, a black woman, and her white husband, Richard Loving (seen here in a Jan.    26, 1965 photo), went to Washington to get married. After they returned to Central Point, their hometown in rural Caroline County north of Richmond, police raided their home and arrested them. They avoided jail time by agreeing to leave Virginia _ the only home they'd known _ for 25 years.  To some people in Virginia, the legal fight over whether same-sex marriages should be allowed has an echo in the state’s old law banning marriage between white and black people.
WASHINGTON — To some people in Virginia, the fight over legalization of same-sex marriage echoes a decades-old battle over the state's 1924 law banning marriage between white and black people. But opponents of gay marriage reject the comparison.

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Judge puts one Va. gay marriage case on hold while other case is appealed

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
ACLU VirginiaJoanne Harris and Jessi Duff
HARRISONBURG, Va. -- A federal judge has put one lawsuit challenging Virginia's gay marriage ban on hold while another makes its way through the appeals process.

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Appeals court allows all Va. same-sex couples to join marriage challenge

Monday, March 10, 2014
Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Monday granted a motion filed by Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the ACLU of Virginia to intervene in Bostic v. Rainey, the federal court challenge to Virginia’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

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Federal judge grants class action status for challenge to Va. gay marriage ban

Friday, January 31, 2014
ACLU VirginiaJoanne Harris and Jessi Duff
HARRISONBURG, Va. -- A federal judge in Virginia has certified as a class action a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Va. quickly emerging as key battleground state in marriage equality fight

Sunday, January 19, 2014
ACLU VirginiaChristy Berghoff and Victoria Kidd
Almost overnight, Virginia has emerged as a critical state in the nationwide fight to grant gay men and women the right to marry. This purple state was once perceived as unfriendly and even bordering on hostile to gay rights. That's changed after a seismic political shift in the top three elected offices, from conservative Republicans to liberal Democrats who support same-sex marriage.

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Federal court rejects motion to dismiss challenge to Va. same-sex marriage ban

Monday, December 23, 2013
ACLU VirginiaChristy Berghoff and Victoria Kidd
RICHMOND, Va. -- A federal court on Monday rejected a motion from the Staunton Circuit Court Clerk seeking to dismiss a lawsuit challenging Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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Hearing held in lawsuit challenging Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
ACLU VirginiaJoanne Harris and Jessi Duff
HARRISONBURG, Va. -- A federal judge heard arguments Tuesday on whether to certify as a class action a lawsuit challenging Virginia's same-sex marriage ban.

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Two lesbian couples file federal lawsuit challenging Va. gay marriage ban

Thursday, August 1, 2013
ACLU VirginiaChristy Berghoff and Victoria Kidd
RICHMOND, Va. — Two couples from the Shenandoah Valley filed a federal lawsuit Thursday challenging Virginia's same-sex marriage ban.

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ACLU, Lambda Legal to file federal challenge to Va. gay marriage ban

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. — The ACLU of Virginia says it will file a federal lawsuit challenging the state's gay marriage ban.

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